Wireless users to get more free net access

Users will have access to more than 1,000 new free UK wireless hotspots over the next 24 months after the launch of a service by...

Users will have access to more than 1,000 new free UK wireless hotspots over the next 24 months after the launch of a service by Wireless Freespots.

The service aims to compete with BT Openzone and T-Mobile by charging venues a minimal fee for the installation of wireless networking hardware and a low monthly rental fee for the system.

The current established charging model is for venues to charge users access based on the time they are on the internet, and share the proceeds with a firm providing the billing system.

The idea behind Freespots is that venues will make more money from attracting users to their venues by providing free internet access.

Jeremy Green, an analyst at Ovum, said the Freespots model may catch on. He said, "There are already about 4,000 free hotspots in Japan and elsewhere, so there is clearly a business case for this service."

Wireless Freespots director Paul Burgess said, "Users are confused by the variety of different Wi-Fi operators and tariffs. They want a simple and secure service for no cost."

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